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Finalists chosen for Lemelson-Illinois prize

CHAMPAIGN — Eight finalists have been chosen for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois prize for student entrepreneurs, and the winner will be announced next week.

The prize awards innovative and entrepreneurial students interested in solving grand challenges.


Updated: 17 people taken to jail in connection with Unofficial

Updated 9:40 p.m. Friday.

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois’ school colors may well have been green on white Friday as students celebrating Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day encountered snow on the ground.


Flash Index dips in February

URBANA — An indicator of economic growth in Illinois has declined for the month of February.

The University of Illinois Flash Index for February dropped slightly from 104.9 to 104.8 last month. After reaching the highest level in almost five and a half years in January, the leveling off indicates continued moderate growth in the Illinois economy, according to the university.


UI opera program putting on 'My Fair Lady'

URBANA — With Eduardo Diazmunoz having dedicated the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program season to the late Tom Schleis, it's no surprise it includes "My Fair Lady."


Civil rights activist Evers issues call for betterment in UI speech

URBANA — Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers said she wants to challenge the people of today to work to make the world a better place.

“Do you have a responsibility to make things better? Yes, you do,” Evers said. “We all do — whether it is through verse, whether it is through music or whether it is through dreams. Shift and change and shape them into being successes.”


Water leak brought no permanent damage to UI building

URBANA — Nearly two months after several million gallons of water spilled into the basement of a building under construction on campus, preliminary findings point to no permanent damage to the building's foundation.


CEO of eBay notes major changes ahead for retailers

CHAMPAIGN — Retailers can expect to encounter changes in the next few years as massive as those experienced recently by the newspaper and movie industries, eBay CEO John Donahoe said.

"There will be more change in how consumers shop and pay in the next three years than in the last 20," Donahoe told an overflow crowd of students at the University of Illinois on Tuesday.


Police, UI emphasize safety in Unofficial preparations

CHAMPAIGN — Public safety representatives who have to deal with the fallout of Unofficial St. Patrick's Day on the University of Illinois campus want to emphasize safety and not the negative consequences of the annual drinking fest.


Jakobsson provisions would allow colleges, hospitals to regulate firearms

SPRINGFIELD — Two of the 27 amendments to a statewide concealed carry bill (HB 1155) that will be considered in the Illinois House this week are sponsored by state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana.


Myrlie Evers to speak at UI

URBANA — Renowned civil rights activist Myrlie Evers will deliver the keynote address Wednesday at the University of Illinois' culminating celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation sesquicentennial.